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Old 10-16-2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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Thursday - At Sea Day

We slept in a little this morning after a fairly late night from the Halloween Party and subsequent makeup removing session. The Captain came on to say that the system that was in the Gulf had developed into a tropical Storm named Karen, and that we would see some impact from it in terms of weather. The forecast for the day was overcast with the chance of showers. Of course, this wasn't going to deter us from eating, so we decided to go back to Triton's for breakfast. I had the muesli and Scott had the Three Egg Omlette with a side of hashbrowns. Neither of us were blown away (ha, ha, pun intended), but then again, it was just muesli and an omlette.

At about 8:50 am and back in our stateroom, we checked the weather again and we were showing as just passing Key West.

Because the weather was obviously not going to cooperate today, we studied the Navigator and decided to go to the Art of Entertaining in Studio Sea. They were making Fyllo Wrapped Salmon (their spelling, not mine ) and we'd never done any of the cooking demonstrations before. It was just like on TV, where "magically" all the work is done and all the Chef has to do is assemble the ingredients. If only we all had someone to do the prep work!

They handed out samples and also a tasting of a white wine, I think it was Sauvignon Blanc but now I don't remember.

The chef with his creation.

We had a champagne tasting at Noon in the Cadillac Bar and so we had just enough time to squeeze in a 70's Music Trivia session in Diversions.

Scott did remarkably well, and I contributed very little to any successful answers. It was a lot of fun though and there are definitely some trivia buffs sailing on DCL!

From there we went straight into the Cadillac bar to start our tasting session.

Ross who is the sommelier in Palo was leading the class, and although he had a dry sense of humor to begin with, I thought he did an excellent job and we learned quite a bit about the history of champagne and lots of good tips about where to buy and what to buy.

These are the 5 that we tried. The first was not a champagne at all but a sparkling wine out of California called Chandon. It was delicious and a great "cheat" for the money. It is also readily available (at least here in Texas), which can't be said for all the others. We then had Veuve Cliquot (which sadly didn't taste as good as I remember it tasting after having the Chandon), Tattinger Rose, Rosa Regal - which again is not a champagne at all, but a DCL favorite. (I could guess this one right off the bat as I literally can't stand to drink it - way too sweet for my taste ) We wrapped it up with a Moet & Chandon Ice. We have had this once before when we were on the Fantasy and it is AWESOME I have tried to find it to buy in the Houston area but it's really hard to come across. Ross told us that we could buy it at any time to drink on the ship, and also buy up to two bottles to take home. We didn't take any home though.

We were very happy with the Champagne tasting, it was fun, informative and we felt it was one of the better ones we had ever attended.
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Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston

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